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Hospitality Kitchen Manager
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What Does a Kitchen Manager Do?

Kitchens can be hectic places, but a good kitchen manager keeps them running smoothly. 

A kitchen manager — also called a cafeteria manager, kitchen supervisor or food preparation supervisor— is responsible for the day-to-day operation of a kitchen. This supervisor establishes food preparation and food safety standards and manages the workers who do those tasks. 

It takes a special leader to do this job well. A good kitchen manager understands team dynamics, how to keep a kitchen running efficiently, how and where to save money, how to consistently deliver good food that keeps clients happy and how to work with many different personality types.

A person with all these skills is in demand in restaurants, hotels, commercial kitchens, cafeterias and catering companies. 

If you like the idea of working in a fun, fast-paced environment, keep reading to learn more.

Black male kitchen manager smiles with the restaurant manager in the kitchen
A good kitchen manager keeps a kitchen running efficiently and motivates the staff when things get hectic. (Credit: Jacob Lund/Shutterstock)


  • Establish and improve food preparation processes
  • Ensure food quality and food safety
  • Hire, train and manage food prep workers
  • Ensure cleanliness of food preparation areas and equipment 
  • Manage food and non-alcoholic beverage inventory
  • Maintain kitchen schedule and assignments
  • Keep track of kitchen finances
  • May work with other key managers to set menu prices and discuss the menu

How To Become a Kitchen Manager: FAQs

The bottom line:

If you enjoy working with food in a fast-paced environment, becoming a kitchen manager or food prep supervisor could be a great move. Check out the training options near you and get started on your next chapter. 

Find Kitchen Manager Training In Your Area


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